By Fritz Leiber
What if part the world's inhabitants (the lady part) practiced witchcraft and saved it a mystery from men?
Norman Saylor, a professor of ethnology, discovers his spouse Tansy has placed his study within the box of "Negro Conjure Magic" into perform for the sake of shielding him from different spell-casting school other halves who desire to additional their very own husbands careers. a guy of technological know-how, Norman has simply an instructional curiosity within the topic of magic and superstition and forces Tansy to stop all her workings and to burn all her charms. once Norman burns the final allure, issues begin to collapse. He has a run-in with a former scholar, his student-secretary accuses him of getting seduced her, and he's omitted for a promoting that had appeared certain.
Norman starts to have greater than his fair proportion of small injuries: slicing himself whereas shaving, stepping on carpet tacks, slicing his hand with a letter opener, and extra. He starts off to visualize that there's a darkish presence exploiting his worry of vehicles. Tansy takes his curse upon herself forcing him to beat his disbelief and use witchcraft to avoid wasting his wife's body—and her soul.
Originally released in 1953, Conjure spouse is taken into account a latest vintage of horror-fantasy and has been tailored for movie thrice: Burn, Witch Burn (1962); Weird Woman (1944); and Witch's Brew (1980). one more movie remake is within the works.
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EVERYONE, Dave. ’ Dave lost it for a quick second, snarling the last words before he remembered the soldier’s presence. He felt his fists bunching and nearly attacked again, just like the first time Monty had appeared. He reeled it in though and after a quick look confirmed that the soldier was enjoying the show immensely, shoved his hands into his pockets and started off toward the stairwell. ’ Monty’s voice abruptly rose to a roar and Dave instantly felt his gut clench. In a second he was transported back to the blue-stone room as Monty brandished the glittering blade.
Gone. Stop it! Dave lightly tapped his head on the glass. Not hard enough to wake anyone but with enough force to clear his thoughts. The sun was starting to rise. A faint glow permeated the dense layer of smoke that hung over the city. It barely made any difference. Darkness was a thing of the past in Melbourne’s CBD. Obliterated by the spotlights that burned 24/7 around the buildings. Night time was only signified within by the banks of fluorescents being extinguished. There wasn’t any real darkness though.
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Conjure Wife by Fritz Leiber